Not for the squeamish or faint of heart, this brilliantly daring novel is shocking and delightful. Christina Moore's vibrant narration conspires with Katherine Dunn's evocative, energetic prose to shock us at seeing something of ourselves in these exotic characters.
©1998 Katherine Dunn; (P)1999 Recorded Books
part time gourmet, full time nerd
The author paints a very graphic picture of a family of circus freaks, describing their unique life through the eyes of the middle daughter. The culture and assumed normalcy of the family is fascinating.
However the pace of the story was sometimes difficult and I wish the time line wasn't so jerky. I also felt like some of the language was excessive, using extravagant cuss words or harsh graphic detail just to keep the reader (listener) uncomfortable.
I'm a bibliophile since early childhood. Love speculative fiction, odd premises, mystery novels that teach about different places and times.
I had hoped for some kind of gentle discussion of very different people ( show folk).That is not what this was about. This was utterly disgusting within three minutes. I may try to listen again, but I simply was too nauseous to go further.
This has got to be the worst book I have ever listened to or read. This book was recommended by my someone from my book club. It ended up as our chosen book for the month. I fail to see how anyone could like this book. I wanted to meet the member that chose this book. I wanted to understand how they could have recommended this book. They of course did not attend the meeting.
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